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Scripture A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.  Proverbs 25:11 (RSV) Comment We speak many words in any day. Some are throw away comments of little value. The word described here is different. A word that fits the occasion or need. A word that is precious and valuable like a work of art...

Scripture And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…’ Luke 1: 30-33, 38 Comment It’s Christmas. How do you feel? I must admit I’m writing this before Christmas Day and so I can only imagine how I feel. …like I’ve eaten too much. Probably. …Exhausted and enjoying some ‘down time’. Definitely! …Enjoying...

Scripture But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,...

Scripture But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in...

Scripture Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15 Comment The second Sunday in Advent is often associated with the theme of peace. Peace can mean a state of tranquillity, calm and the absence of anxiety. HMMM, that challenges me as I think of ‘all that...

Scripture Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and...

Scripture Greet each other with a sacred kiss. Romans 16:16 (NLT) Comment In the early days of our relationship we very naturally showed each other affection; touching, kissing, holding hands… We would also often say things like: “I really care for you.” “I love you.” “You’re so special.” If you’re still naturally affectionate, celebrate that! If, like me, you’re not regularly...

Scripture “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will...

Scripture For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT) Comment I love the autumn especially the changing colours of leaves on the trees. As I was walking in the woods the other day...

Scripture After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 Comment Traditionally 1st November – All Saints Day – is a time to remember...